BERTRAND -- Charles Willis Murphy, 84, died Jan. 2, 2012, at the Bertrand Nursing Center.
Born May 5, 1927, at Wyatt, to the late Tandy Burton and Gertrude Marie Vowels Murphy, he had been employed in the service department with the Peoples Natural Gas Company in Waukegan, Ill., from 1957 until his retirement in 1987. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. A member of the St. Henry Catholic Church in Charleston, he was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are one sister, Ellen Brumley of Sikeston, and a number of nieces and nephews including Denny Brumley, Kim Holland and Terri DeLong.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul V. Murphy, Frank Glenn Murphy, William "Bill" Murphy and James Orville Murphy, and one sister, Clara Marie Cope.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Henry Catholic Church in Charleston. Glenn Eftink, pastor, will serve as celebrant.
Burial with graveside military rites by the Missouri Military Honors Program will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Charleston.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcmiklefuneralhome.com.